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  THIS JUST IN October 2012  

Students create parody music video protesting new lunch restrictions

Students and teachers from Wallace County High School in Sharon Springs, Kansas, created a video parody protesting recent restrictions on high school lunch menus. Using the song, “We Are Young” by the band simply known as Fun, students and teachers created the music video, mocking what they deemed inadequate lunch portions at their school.

Scar-free healing in mice may help in human skin repair

A new study suggests that mice with brittle skin may help researchers heal human wounds without leaving scars. A certain breed of African mice that had lost up to 60% of the skin on their backs were able to regrow both skin and hair. While mammals have very limited regenerative capabilities compared to reptiles, this study shows that mammals may in fact have higher regenerative capabilities than initially expected. The mice were also able to regenerate hair follicles, sweat glands, and cartilage from large holes punched into their ears.

A virus that can fight acne

Viruses that can destroy acne-causing bacteria (Propionibacterium acnes) could possibly be used as a potent acne treatment. A type of virus known as bacteriophage (or phage) injects its genetic material into bacteria, which causes them to create more phages until the bacteria bursts. Researchers are suggesting that a phage-based topical cream might be an effective acne treatment.

UK cancer death rates set to drop 17% by 2030

According to statistics from Cancer Research UK, cancer-related deaths (for all cancers, adjusted for age) will fall 17% in the UK by 2030. These stats are due to better survival rates (via early diagnosis and improved treatments) and reflect reduced smoking-related cancers, which lead to fewer deaths.

Attention DNP candidates and recent grads!

The Nurse Practitioner journal is now accepting scholarly clinical projects for our 2013 special issue focusing on the DNP. The top 3 submissions will be published. Please address all inquiries to or submit your manuscript to, by November 1, 2012. Please include the words “DNP Submission” at the top of your manuscript, otherwise we will not be able to categorize your submission properly.

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Ischemic stroke: The first 24 hours
By Scott J. Saccomano, PhD, GNP-BC, RN

Tinnitus evaluation in primary care
By Susan D. Ruppert, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FCCM, FAANP, FAAN; Vaunette P. Fay, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, GNP-BC

What NPs need to know about anticoagulation therapy
By Sarah E. Gay, MSN, APRN-BC; Sandra Munaco, BSN, DNP-S

Recognizing anxiety disorders
By Patricia G. O’Brien, PhD, RN, NP, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC; Loraine Fleming, MA, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC

The pediatric medical home: Will it become the norm?
By Judith D. McLeod, RNC, MSN, CPNP

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